Liquid eyeliner is a staple in your makeup bag. With it, you can create a dramatic cat eye makeup look or just subtly emphasize your eyes. But not all eyeliners are created equal. Pick the wrong one and you’ll end up with smudges, transfers, raccoon eyes, and let’s also not forget the eyeliner that also just completely disappears! That’s why I put together a list of tried-and-true eyeliners that have never let me down — and won’t let you down either.
The Almay Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner ($8) was actually the first liquid eyeliner I ever tried and it set the bar pretty high. It gives you bold color that doesn’t smudge or transfer all day long. The felt tip applicator is also what makes this eyeliner great – it gives you control and deposits the perfect amount of eyeliner.
Everyone who’s tried the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20) can confirm that it’s a winner. It stays on all day, dries quickly, and the color is super pigmented. It’s also waterproof, so it’ll last no matter your activity — so what’s not to love?
Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner ($26) is also a great choice because it seriously doesn’t smudge. It’s waterproof and gives you 15 hours of wear, so you can go through your day without worrying about it. Seriously, it doesn’t come off until you want it to and this video is proof.